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ASU readies Downtown for laptops


Caitlin Coonan / THE STATE PRESS
Economics major Jade Clark works on his laptop in the Memorial Union Wednesday afternoon. When asked his opinion of the new Downtown Campus requiring laptops, Clark said that they will "create barriers for students who can't afford laptops, especially with the rising cost of tuition."
ASU is moving along with a plan that will eventually require all students at the Downtown Campus to have a laptop by installing extra electric outlets and help desks.

Students will be strongly encouraged to bring laptops to school in fall 2006 under the 1:1 initiative, but it will not be required, said Sam DiGangi, assistant vice provost for ASU's University Technology Office. Getting the Downtown Campus ready for the 1:1 program would take several stages, DiGangi said.

"Power has a dramatic impact on how we work with architects and designers," he said. The concept of power includes where to place electric plugs -- which affects where furniture would be placed and what kind of furniture would be used, DiGangi said. ASU would pursue deals with computer vendors so students could purchase laptops at a discount price. The University would also provide financial aid for computer purchases.

Council candidates debate housing

While ASU's relationship with Tempe has greatly improved in recent years, more work must be done, Tempe City Council candidates said at an on-campus forum Wednesday.

About 20 people attended the forum, held at Old Main. The election for three open Council seats is March 14.

Challenger Corey Woods said Tempe and ASU should add more amenities to residence halls so more students want to live on campus, because this would benefit both the city and University.

ASU requires password changes for online services

ASU students, faculty and staff will return from spring break to a reminder to change their ASURITE login information.

People using services such as ASU Interactive and Blackboard will now have to change their login passwords every six months, according to a press release.

When users first log in into these services after spring break, they will be redirected to the Password Changer application.

Violence against homeless not a problem for Tempe

Experts are calling the recent national increase in violence against the homeless an "epidemic," but Tempe is not a part of the problem, police said.

Last year, the National Coalition for the Homeless reported 86 attacks on transients nationwide, up 65 percent from 2000. Thirteen of last year's attacks were fatal.

Newly renovated Diablo Stadium ready for spring-training fans

Tempe's Diablo Stadium, the spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, will debut its new look today at a charity game after undergoing a 10-month renovation.

The $20 million facelift began last spring after the city of Tempe struck a deal to keep the Angels at Diablo Stadium until 2025, said Nikki Ripley, a city spokeswoman.
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Softball: ASU wants more sun, same success


Joe Rondone / THE STATE PRESS
Senior third baseman Jen McCard throws to first after picking up the grounder in a game against Utah at Farrington Stadium earlier this season.
After getting rained out of the NFCA Leadoff Classic last weekend, the ASU softball team will look to sunnier skies today in Cedar City, Utah. The No. 13 Sun Devils (15-0) will play a doubleheader against Southern Utah, a team they are 7-0 against all-time.

The Thunderbirds (1-10) should be easy prey to an ASU team coming off of back-to-back wins against ranked teams and riding a 15-game winning streak to start the season. Sophomore pitcher Katie Burkhart said she doesn't believe pressure to maintain their undefeated record is a factor.

"If we just keep playing like we have been, no matter what it's a win-win situation," she said. The Sun Devils will travel to Las Vegas after the Southern Utah doubleheader for the UNLV Tournament held Friday through Sunday.
SPORTS

M Hoops: Devils in need of short memory

After a poor performance like ASU had against UA on Saturday, time between games can feel like eternity.

The Sun Devils committed a season-high 26 turnovers in Tucson, a contest that was never close. By halftime, ASU put only 13 points on the scoreboard and trailed by 25.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Parlor Games


Scott Pennelly / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
The waiting room at Massage Elite in Tempe.
As Sam Friedman walks into Massage Elite, he doesn't know what to expect. A neon "Asian" sign shines out the window, illuminating the dark plaza. Another small sign reads "Open 9 to midnight, 365 days."

Friedman, a male SPM reporter, admits that he is nervous about being sent to check out an unconfirmed report -- that the massage practice offers not just massages but sexual favors in exchange for money.

Friedman takes a step into the empty waiting room. Curtains drawn across the windows make him hardly visible to the outside world. A small, framed menu hangs on the wall, listing Massage Elite's services. A half-hour massage is $40, three-quarter hour is $50 and one hour is $60. The practice also offers a twenty-minute milk and salt bath for $25.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Getting By: Blood money

Again and again my hand closes around the Zippo lighter. Over and over I make a fist. It feels as though my grasp on this lighter is the only thing keeping the blood pumping through my veins and up into the machine that will remove my white blood cells and return the red cells to me.

I'm donating plasma. Donating is easy money -- the average person can make $50 if they donate twice a week and new donors make $65 for their first two donations. So I head down to ZLB Plasma Services in Tempe to sell myself for cash.

Once inside the building, I go up to the front desk, write my name down on the returning donors list and sit down to wait. Because I am a return donor, my donation experience is slightly different than that of new donors.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

V-Day: Taboo Talk

It's not every weekend that you find a group of diverse women talking about their vaginas. But thanks to ASU's V-Day and Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues," women on campus are getting more comfortable with their most intimate part.
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